When there are so many productivity and organization applications available, it can be hard to know which one is the right choice–especially when all of these apps do not necessarily play well with each other, or work across platforms.
Fortunately, one of the best–and most versatile–productivity apps is available for Windows and Mac users, on Android and iOS, and for desktop and mobile devices. But while this cross-platform fluidity is an important part of Trello’s appeal, the real secret of its success comes in the way it mimics a very low-tech organizational method: index cards on a corkboard.
What Is Trello?
Essentially, Trello is an online corkboard. You create boards, which contain lists, which hold individual cards. The user gets a visual view of their projects or information, with the ability to easily add cards and lists and move them around as necessary. Your boards can be private, or you can invite other Trello users to see and collaborate on them–handy for group projects or other situations where you need to share information. Project management is the primary function of Trello, and it does that well, but the app is versatile and intuitive enough to be also be used in many other ways.
There are four key features of Trello: teams, boards, lists, and cards. A team can be set for every board, and can consist of just the user or several different users who can edit, add, and comment on cards. Boards are the user’s virtual corkboard, where both lists and cards will be stored. You can have several boards for the user, and several boards for each team. Lists are how you classify your activities within a board, and how you use these will depend on how you are using Trello and the purpose of each of your boards.